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Kyrgyzstan  

Winter fairy tale tour Kyrgyzstan

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Tatjana will take the lead and plan your journey for you. Just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

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The beauty of Kyrgyzstan cannot be described in words and has to be experienced with your own senses. Kyrgyzstan is the land of mountains - its sights are the untouched nature, the epic mountain landscapes, the second largest mountain lake in the world and the simplicity of the nomadic people. Originality, seclusion and touristic undevelopment make Kyrgyzstan a great experience - and I cordially invite you to do so! I am Tatjana, born in Kyrgyzstan, but have lived in Germany for 25 years. For a few years now I have been spending every summer season in Kyrgyzstan and have organized quite a few nice group trips there. This time I would like to let this beautiful country work on me for the first time in winter and I am looking for fellow travelers. If you are friendly and uncomplicated and can appreciate and enjoy nature, then you are almost there. On our tour we hike through various mountain gorges, spend a few days on the ski slopes, bathe in hot springs, try the local delicacies and enjoy some sociable evenings together. The tour schedule may change slightly. Since it is not a classic round trip where you have to follow the schedule due to accommodation bookings, the schedule of our tour can remain a bit more flexible. Info Entry: EU passport, no visa, 3G On site: no quarantine, no mask requirement, no 3G rules
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Day 1-2

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Bishkek

Day 1-2

When you arrive at the airport, you will be picked up at the agreed meeting point by the driver I trust. Most likely you will be traveling with the rest of the group. In any case, I will try to synchronize the flights so that it works. After about four hours of driving you / you have arrived in Tscholponata.

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Day 2-7

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Tscholponata

Day 2-7

The starting point of our tour is the city of Cholponata. In summer - the hotspot for local tourism, in winter we will probably have the city to ourselves. Even if the tourist masses stay away in winter, cafes, restaurants and a few other interesting spots are open, so that we can find plenty of things to do here. The city is located directly on the coast of Issyk-Kul. "Issyk" means "hot", which never made sense to me given the icy temperatures of the water in summer. But in winter the lake lives up to its name. Because this lake never freezes and even more - the landscape conditions ensure that the sky above the lake in the valley is almost always free of clouds and lets in a lot of sun, which creates a special climate in which the temperatures in winter rarely fall below - 10 ° C. In other words, we can look forward to a lot of sunshine. Day 1: arrive On the first day we don't plan anything special. Now it's time to arrive, get to know people and relax after the flight. Day 2: lookout point To start our tour, we first drive to a lookout point over Tscholponata and take a look at the Kyrgyz mountains from above. From here we can see the "pearl of Kyrgyzstan" - Issyk-Kul - in all its glory. When we've taken plenty of photos and frozen enough, we'll head to the local hot springs to warm up. We make such heat stops at the end of the day a tradition on our tour to keep our warm-cold balance. I will not mention them all here in the description. Day 3: Semönovskoe Gorge Our first big excursion is in the Semönovskoe gorge. This is the most popular mountain gorge on the north coast of Issyk-Kul. With every kilometer it changes and shows many faces - sometimes it opens up majestic expanses, sometimes you pass narrow streets, sometimes a birch forest and around the next bend gigantic blue fir trees tower above us. And at the end of the route, a green lake awaits us, which rests idyllically in its valley. Day 4: Cholponata We spend this day in Cholponata. Here we visit the petroglyph garden, in which stones from the region were collected, on which prehistoric Kyrgyz once left their prehistoric emojis for us as messages. In addition, we learn a little more about the roots of the Kyrgyz people in the elaborately built open-air cultural center, which is not as boring as it sounds. But the ultimate highlight of the day is the boat trip over the crisp blue of the Issyk-Kul. And as funny as the Kyrgyz people are sometimes, they thought that barbecuing on the boat would definitely go down well. So there is shish kebab on the boat. For those who, like me, don't eat meat, there is an alternative. Day 5: move to Karakol We pack our things and move on - to Karakol. This goes through a stop in the hot springs of Chon-Urükty.

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Day 7-12

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Police station

Day 7-12

Day 6, 7, 9, 11: Ski slope The ski slope in Karakol is quite small (20 km slope length, 1150 m difference in altitude, 4 lifts), but is one of the best in Kyrgyzstan, among other things because it is not too crowded - Karakol is a small town, the area is quite sparsely populated It's at least a six-hour drive to the capital, so this ski slope is spared from large crowds. (With our ski slopes in Europe, this is probably not comparable, it would probably be nothing for ski enthusiasts, I say frankly. The ski offer is a side highlight of this tour for not very demanding skiers or beginners.) We spend 3-4 days in Karakol on the ski slope. In addition to skis, you can also rent snowboards here as an alternative. (Prices below in the text.) For those who, like me, cannot and do not like skiing, there is something alternative for them. For example, I would like to go tobogganing or go on a small snowmobile tour. And after so much fun and games in the cold snow, it's traditional to go to the hot springs or the sauna. Day 8: Jety-Oguz mountain gorge Of course, we will not only admire the wonderful winter mountain landscapes of Kyrgyzstan from the ski slopes, but also take time for hikes and Kyrgyzstan photo safaris through the mountains. Today our destination will be the picturesque mountain gorge Jety-Oguz. Here we see the "Seven Bulls", the "Broken Heart" and the "Red Dragon" or, in other words, the aesthetics of the red mountains covered in snow. Day 10: Chon-Ashuu mountain pass One of the highlights of our tour will be the drive up the Chon-Ashuu mountain pass. Here we come to an altitude of 3800 meters and definitely everything around us will be just plain white. I've been here once in the summer. It snowed so much that day that we couldn't get any further to the pass. So I'm all the more excited about the prospect here. (Day 11: As an alternative to skiing, we can spend our last day differently. There may still be wishes that we can implement depending on the budget and group dynamics. We will then discuss this on site.) Day 12: Departure to Bishkek Unfortunately our tour will come to an end here. I hope to send you home with the best impressions and memories of Kyrgyzstan. Ski slope prices: Ski pass: 9 € / day (12 € / day on weekends) Rent skis / snowboards: 10-15 € / day

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What is included

Accommodation
Hotel & Other
12 days trip
Bishkek, Tscholponata & 1 more
Transportation
Car

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